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AM-NV SysMonitor P./A. II X2-X6 Pack 1.0 (Plasmoid Script)


AM-NV SysMonitor P./A. II X2-X6 Pack 1.0
(Plasmoid Script)
The AM-NV SysMonitor Athlon II X2/X3/X4 & Phenom X2/X3/X4/X6 Single GPU based on the EG-SysMon-QC.

System information and hardware monitor. Monitors CPU, memory, HDD, network traffic, and much more.

This Addon’s use the /etc/os-realese files to show you your Distribution.

Its works only with KDE 4, nVidia GPU’s, AM2+/AM3(+) CPU’s and was Optimized for Athlon II X2/X3/X4, Phenom II X2/X3/X4/X6 and Single Core NVidia based Grafikcards.

Tested with Asus M5A88-V EVO, Phenom II X4 960T, openSuSE 12.1, sensors version 3.3.1 with libsensors version 3.3.1 and MB Sensor atk0110

Other Versions for the Bulldozer Series will follow soon.

The “Themes” should actually be displayed the CPU Modelname.
Although the preview is on AMD Processor Model Unknown, that’s my CPU name. This is an AMD 960T drilled on X6, so “AMD Processor Model Unknown”.


The following are required:

SuperKaramba Version 0.57
libsensors version 3.3.1
sensors version 3.3.1
AM2+, AM3 and AM3+ Mainbords


KDE4 Plasma Desktop:

1. download the AM-NV-SysMonitor_Phenom-Athlon_II_X2-X6_S-GPU_English-Edition_Pack-v.1.0.tar.gz file, extract it where you want.

2. Click on Add Widgets –>> Get new widgets –>> install applet from local file –>> SuperKaramba: Karamba desktop design –>> your download folder –>> AM-NV-SysMonitor_Phenom-Athlon_II_X2-X6_S-GPU_English-Edition_Pack-v.1.0 –>> AM-NV-SysMonitor_XXXXX_II_XX_S-GPU_English-Edition-v.1.X.skz

3. Now you can choose the Theme in your Plasma Desktop, thats all.

Downloadlink fixed

AM-NV SysMonitor Athlon II X2 Single GPU English-Edition:

Version 1.0:

First release

AM-NV SysMonitor Athlon II X3 Single GPU English-Edition:

Version 1.0:

First release

AM-NV SysMonitor Athlon II X4 Single GPU English-Edition:

Version 1.0:

First release

AM-NV SysMonitor Phenom II X2 Single GPU English-Edition:

Version 1.0:

First release

AM-NV SysMonitor Phenom II X3 Single GPU English-Edition:

Version 1.0:

First release

AM-NV SysMonitor Phenom II X4 Single GPU English-Edition:

Version 1.0:

First release

AM-NV SysMonitor Phenom II X6 Single GPU English-Edition:

Version 1.2:

CPU Cores read interval=10000 changed to interval=1000

Version 1.1:

Add a readme file
Add the changelog file
Add a Logofile
Fixed the maindata.xml

Version 1.0:

First release

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Need a suitable substitute motherboard…

By CMil

After finally having the chance to do some diagnostic work, I’ve come to the conclusion that the motherboard in my old office computer is done. It’s a Hewlett Packard xt973 with the ASUS A7V8X-LA motherboard and an AMD Sempron CPU. Pretty sure it’s a micro-ATX form factor board; measures 9.6″ x 9.6″, has 3 PCI expansion slots and 1 AGP slot. It also suppports a multi-format SIM card/memory card reader in the front panel of the computer and a host of USB ports front and back. Lastly, there are ethernet and 1394(?) ports on the back, as well as PS2 mouse and keyboard ports. Is there a reasonably affordable replacement motherboard that would pretty much be plug-and-play? I’m not married to the AMD processor, as this will not be primarily a gaming computer. But that’s not to say I would prefer an Intel, either. I just want to put in the board, plug all the stuff in, install windows on a new hard drive and get to work. I’m not running any cards inside the box, so expansion slot format is not an issue, although I think I would like PCI and PCI-E. Also, if the board came with or would accomodate a faster CPU, That would be fine, too. I’ve put a lot on the plate with this post – I hope someone with a LOT of patience AND knowledge picks it up! Thanks in advance – Chris:coffee:

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Intel will offer 'Broadwell' SOC to battle Calxeda, AMD

Intel has updated its road map with a new, low-power server chip to help it ward off competition from Calxeda and other makers of low-power chips.

The new chip will be based on Broadwell, a microarchitecture to be introduced next year as the successor to Intel’s Haswell design. But this processor will be a system-on-chip, setting it apart from Intel’s other Xeon server products.

SOCs combine several components onto a single chip to reduce power consumption and space requirements. In the server market, they’re often used in micro-servers, a type of low-power server used for large-scale, online workloads.

Intel already offers SOCs in its Atom family of chips, but Atom has its own microarchitecture. The new chip announced Monday will be Intel’s first SOC that uses the same microarchitecture as its more powerful Xeon chips.

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AMD continues move toward profitability

Advanced Micro Devices hopes for financial stability after years of struggles, but analysts said that a volatile PC market could derail the chip designer’s progress.

Keeping with its projection earlier this year, AMD’s CEO Rory Read said Thursday that the company would deliver a profit in the third fiscal quarter, which will be reported in September. The company is making progress as part of a “three-step strategy to restructure, accelerate and ultimately transform AMD for growth,” Read said in a conference call about earnings.

The return to profitability involves a mix of cost-cutting measures, shipments of new chips and less reliance on PCs, a market that has been slowing. As in past quarters, a majority of third-quarter revenue will be from PC chips, but the company is expecting a larger mix of revenue from chips for non-PC products such as gaming consoles. AMD’s chips will be used in Microsoft’s Xbox One and Sony’s PlayStation 4, which will ship later this year.

AMD is projecting revenue to increase on a sequential basis by 22 percent, plus or minus 3 percent, in the third quarter. AMD this week reported revenue of US$1.16 billion for the second quarter, falling from $1.41 billion recorded during the same quarter last year. The company reported a net loss of $65 million for the quarter.

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Source: FULL ARTICLE at PCWorld

Microsoft should yank Windows RT for Windows RT's own good

Okay, Microsoft. You had your fun fling with ARM processors, serenading your newfound love with glitzy dubstep ads full of creepy dancing schoolgirls. Thin and light tablets packing a—gasp!—free version of Office? Freedom from Intel and AMD’s x86 processors? Sanctity from traditional Windows malware? How dreamy.

But the honeymoon is over, and reality ain’t happy with the frivolous romp. Thursday, Microsoft announced that it took an accounting hit to the tune of nearly $1 billion—yes, with a B—thanks to the steep discount it had to apply to the millions of Surface RT tablets lying around unsold. The dream has become a nightmare, and not just for Surface.

Microsoft, it’s time for Windows RT to take a vacation.

Like rats from a ship

The writing has been on the wall for Windows RT for a while now, but this week really crystallized that its time is not now.

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Source: FULL ARTICLE at PCWorld

Japan govt approves stem cell clinical trials

Japan’s government on Friday gave its seal of approval to the world’s first clinical trials using stem cells harvested from a patient’s own body.

Health Minister Norihisa Tamura signed off on a proposal by two research institutes that will allow them to begin tests aimed at treating age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a common medical condition that causes blindness in older people, using “induced Pluripotent Stem (iPS) cells”.

Stem cell research is a pioneering field that may offer a cure for conditions that are presently incurable, and scientists hope these clinical trials on a treatment for AMD may offer hope to millions of people robbed of their sight.

A government committee last month approved proposals for the tests, which will be jointly conducted by the Riken Center for Developmental Biology and the Institute of Biomedical Research and Innovation (IBRI) Hospital in the western city of Kobe.

Riken will harvest stem cells, using skin cells taken from patients, a spokesman said.

The trial treatment will attempt to create retinal cells that can be transplanted into the eyes of six patients suffering from AMD, replacing the damaged part of the eye.

The transplant may be conducted as early as the middle of next year at the IBRI Hospital, he said.

AMD, a condition that is incurable at present, affects mostly middle-aged and older people and can lead to blindness. It afflicts around 700,000 people in Japan alone.

Stem cells are infant cells that can develop into any part of the body.

Until the discovery of iPS cells several years ago, the only way to obtain stem cells was to harvest them from human embryos.

This is controversial because it requires the destruction of the embryo, a process that religious conservatives, among others, oppose.

Groundbreaking work done in 2006 by Shinya Yamanaka at Kyoto University, a Nobel Laureate in medicine last year, succeeded in generating stem cells from adult skin tissue.

Like embryonic stem cells, iPS cells are also capable of developing into any cell in the body, but crucially their source material is readily available.

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Source: FULL ARTICLE at Fox World News

AMD sees reversal of fortunes ahead in third quarter after weak Q2 earnings

Advanced Micro Devices hopes to turn around its financial struggles in the third quarter, saying it will record significant revenue growth and return to profit after reporting a loss and drop in revenue during the second quarter.

“Looking ahead, we will continue to deliver a strong value proposition to our established customers and also reach new customers as we diversify our business. We expect significant revenue growth and a return to profitability in the third quarter,” said AMD CEO Rory Read in a statement.

AMD on Thursday reported revenue of US$1.16 billion for the second quarter of 2013, which ended June 29, a drop from the $1.41 billion recorded during the same quarter last year. Including one-time charges, the company reported a net loss of $65 million, or a $0.09 loss per share.

For the third quarter, AMD expects revenue to increase on a sequential basis by 22 percent, plus or minus 3 percent.

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Source: FULL ARTICLE at PCWorld

MSI GX70 Gaming Laptop Review — Outstanding Performance At A Budget Price

By Jason Evangelho, Contributor

From the decadence and blistering Super RAID 0 speed of MSI’s GT70 Dragon Edition, we settle back into the realm of affordability with the MSI GX70, an AMD-powered gaming laptop with an outstanding price/performance ratio given its baseline MSRP of $1299. …read more

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Samsung is taking pre-orders on its Ativ Book 9 Lite

Samsung announced this morning that it is taking pre-orders on its Ativ Book 9 Lite notebook PC, which was first announced on June 20. One of the most interesting features of the new notebook is the custom AMD CPU, which Samsung is describing as a “white-label” quad core.

“It’s something we wanted that was outside [AMD’s] roadmap,” Samsung PC Product manager David Ng told me in a briefing on Friday. Asked why Samsung chose to partner with AMD for this custom CPU, Ng replied “A huge part of it was the superior integrated GPU in AMD’s parts.”

The Ativ Book 9 Lite will be available in two colors: “Marble white” or “ash black.”

Be that as it may, Samsung tapped Intel’s new Haswell chips to power its flagship notebook—the Ativ Book 9—which made waves last month when Samsung revealed it would come equipped with a 3200 by 1800-pixel, 13.3-inch touchscreen.

The Ativ Book 9 Lite will also have a 13.3-inch touchscreen, but this one delivers a more down-to-earth resolution of 1366 by 768 pixels. And while Samsung has not announced pricing or availability of its flagship notebook, the Lite model is selling for a reasonable $800 and is expected to reach customers beginning July 28.

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Wall Street Beat: Tech bellwethers report mixed quarter

Some of the biggest names in IT including IBM, Microsoft, Google and Intel reported quarterly earnings this week, revealing a picture of the tech sector that, while not as gloomy as had been feared, is nevertheless mixed.

The earnings reports showed that while hardware suffered in the first quarter, software sales showed resiliency. The news was enough to send the Nasdaq tech index up 0.92 percent to 1521.92 in Friday afternoon trading. Not all vendors enjoyed shareholder confidence, however. For example, while Microsoft shares were up US$1 to $29.79 and Google was up $34.77 to $800.47, IBM declined $16.76 to $190.41 and AMD dropped $0.10 to $2.41.

Market surveys in recent weeks showed a precipitous drop in the first quarter for PC sales and raised concerns that tech bellwethers — especially those with exposure to the consumer hardware market — would be reporting dismal sales.

Microsoft’s earnings report, however, showed gains in all of the company’s business units. For the quarter ended March 31, Microsoft reported revenue of US$20.5 billion, up 18 percent year over year, while profit rose 19 percent to $6.06 billion.

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From: http://www.pcworld.com/article/2035843/wall-street-beat-tech-bellwethers-report-mixed-quarter.html#tk.rss_all

White House Science Fair Acknowledges the Importance of Video Games

By Jordan Shapiro, Contributor

Young video game designers will be included in the 3rd White House Science Fair to be held on Monday, April 22nd. This is the second time that winners of the STEM Video Game Challenge have been invited to the Science Fair. Now in its third year, the National STEM Video Game Challenge is a competition among middle school and high school kids who design their own video games. Presented by the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at the Sesame Workshop and E-Line Media along with partners like the AMD foundation, Microsoft’s XBOX 360, and the Entertainment Software Foundation, the STEM challenge “aims to motivate interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) by tapping into students’ enthusiasm for playing and making video games.” There’s still time for young people to enter this year’s STEM challenge before the April 24th deadline. Perhaps your kid could be honored at next year’s White House Science Fair. President Obama hosted the first White House Science Fair in late 2010. The fair is part of his Educate to Innovate campaign, which aims to encourage excellence in math and science. As the President said at the first Science Fair, “If you win the NCAA championship, you come to the White House. Well, if you’re a young person and you produce the best experiment or design, the best hardware or software, you ought to be recognized for that achievement, too.” Geeks, gamers, and developers should all be thrilled by Obama’s recognition of young game designers. It is further evidence that the video game stigma is waning. Gamification is already a hot buzzword in business management and product development. Game-based learning is quickly becoming a regular supplement to our education strategies. Including STEM Challenge winners as part of the White House Science Fair shows that developers are getting the kind of recognition they deserve. Although the common view is that video games are simply entertainment–an escape from the real world, I think video games function as interactive mythology. They can be understood as non-linear stories that help individuals derive meaning from the complicated paradoxes of everyday life. Obama’s decision to acknowledge excellence among young game designers celebrates the exceptional multidisciplinary thinking that’s involved in making interactive stories. Hopefully, this is another indication that we are moving away from the misguided divisions that permeate our education system. We can only hope that we inch toward a more holistic integrated concept of “knowledge.” Our current system creates rigid separations between the ways the sciences and the humanities define truth. Video games (in particular, the design and creation of games) have the potential create a world of adults who are practiced at using the deterministic technologies of scientific thinking to interact with the fuzzy ambivalent metaphors of the humanities. The White House Science Fair will take place on April 22nd around 2pm ET and will be webcast live at http://www.whitehouse.gov/live Jordan Shapiro is author of FREEPLAY: A Video Game Guide to Maximum Euphoric Bliss and co-editor of Occupy Psyche: Jungian and Archetypal Perspectives on a Movement. For information

From: http://www.forbes.com/sites/jordanshapiro/2013/04/19/white-house-science-fair-acknowledges-the-importance-of-video-games/

AMD's revenue drops 31 percent as CPU sales plummet

Advanced Micro Devices reported a 31 percent drop in revenue for the first quarter as it continues to battle a weak PC market and lackluster demand for its chips.

Sales in AMD‘s Computing Solutions group, which makes processors for PCs and servers, plummeted 38 percent from last year to US$751 million. Its graphics chip business did slightly better, with sales down 12 percent to $337 million, AMD announced Thursday.

Overall revenue for the quarter, ended March 30, was $1.09 billion, AMD said. It reported a net loss for the quarter of $146 million, or $0.19 per share, an improvement on its loss of $590 million, or $0.80 per share, a year earlier.

It’s a tough time for the PC industry as a whole, with the economy stumbling along and more people turning to smartphones and tablets for their computing. PC shipments were down almost 14 percent in the first quarter, research firm IDC said last week. That was the biggest year-on-year quarterly decline IDC has ever recorded.

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The 10 most important graphics cards in PC history

2009, ATI

One of the last truly powerful cards to bear the ATI nameplate before new owner AMD dropped the “TI” in favor of “MD,” the Radeon HD 5970 was so
masterfully engineered, so infused with mega-wonderfulness that it remains an option even today, some four years later. Indeed, some reviewers of the time
looked at the 5970, this elongated monument to 3D excess, as not only the fastest video card ever, but perhaps also a digital dagger through the heart of rival Nvidia. That notion proved to be a bit much, as our final entry will attest, but this dual-GPU brute (12 by 4 by 1.5 inches, 3.5 pounds)
most assuredly fanned the flames of an already impassioned battle.

Image credit: iXBT.com

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Citrix bequeaths Xen to the Linux Foundation

In an effort to attract a more diverse set of contributors, enterprise software vendor Citrix has donated its open source Xen hypervisor to the Linux Foundation.

Citrix announced the donation Monday at the Linux Foundation‘s Collaboration Summit, being held this week in San Francisco.

The Linux Foundation will support continued development and maintenance of Xen. As a Linux Foundation Collaborative Project, the newly named Xen Project will get support infrastructure and guidance from the nonprofit foundation.

Citrix is hoping that, by donating the code to the Linux Foundation, future Xen development will get input from a wider, more diverse group of contributors. Companies such as Amazon Web Services, AMD, CA Technologies, Cisco, Google, Intel, Oracle, Samsung and Verizon have pledged to support Xen Project.

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Has AMD Become the Perfect Stock?

By Dan Caplinger, The Motley Fool

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Every investor would love to stumble upon the perfect stock. But will you ever really find a stock that provides everything you could possibly want?

One thing’s for sure: You’ll never discover truly great investments unless you actively look for them. Let’s discuss the ideal qualities of a perfect stock, then decide if Advanced Micro Devices fits the bill.

The quest for perfection
Stocks that look great based on one factor may prove horrible elsewhere, making due diligence a crucial part of your investing research. The best stocks excel in many different areas, including these important factors:

  • Growth. Expanding businesses show healthy revenue growth. While past growth is no guarantee that revenue will keep rising, it’s certainly a better sign than a stagnant top line.
  • Margins. Higher sales mean nothing if a company can’t produce profits from them. Strong margins ensure that company can turn revenue into profit.
  • Balance sheet. At debt-laden companies, banks and bondholders compete with shareholders for management’s attention. Companies with strong balance sheets don’t have to worry about the distraction of debt.
  • Money-making opportunities. Return on equity helps measure how well a company is finding opportunities to turn its resources into profitable business endeavors.
  • Valuation. You can’t afford to pay too much for even the best companies. By using normalized figures, you can see how a stock‘s simple earnings multiple fits into a longer-term context.
  • Dividends. For tangible proof of profits, a check to shareholders every three months can’t be beat. Companies with solid dividends and strong commitments to increasing payouts treat shareholders well.

With those factors in mind, let’s take a closer look at AMD.


What We Want to See


Pass or Fail?


5-year annual revenue growth > 15%




1-year revenue growth > 12%




Gross margin > 35%




Net margin > 15%



Balance sheet

Debt to equity < 50%




Current ratio > 1.3




Return on equity > 15%




Normalized P/E < 20




Current yield > 2%




5-year dividend growth > 10%




Total score


2 out of 9

Source: S&P Capital IQ. NM = not meaningful due to negative earnings. Total score = number of passes.

Since we looked at AMD last year, the company has dropped two points, as the company has gone from a profit to a substantial loss. The stock has also performed horribly, having lost more than 60% of its value in the past year.

Right now, AMD is suffering from the worst of two different worlds. On one hand, it hasn’t

Source: FULL ARTICLE at DailyFinance

Dataram Regains Compliance with NASDAQ Listing Requirements

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Dataram Regains Compliance with NASDAQ Listing Requirements

PRINCETON, N.J.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Dataram Corporation (NAS: DRAM) today reported it has received notification from NASDAQ that it has regained compliance with NASDAQ’s listing requirement for its common stock by maintaining a closing bid price of at least $1.00 for a minimum of 10 consecutive business days. Dataram’s common stock closed above the $1.00 minimum level for the ten consecutive trading days ended April 1, 2013. The closing price of our common stock on April 9, 2013 was $2.23.

At a Special Meeting of Stockholders on March 13, 2013, our stockholders overwhelmingly authorized the Board of Directors to affect a reverse stock split. On the same day, the Board approved a reverse stock split at a ratio of 1-for-6. The post-split shares began trading on March 18, 2013.

John H. Freeman, Dataram’s president and CEO commented, “The action of our stockholders and the Board of Directors preserves our NASDAQ listing and provides Dataram greater visibility and exposure to larger companies and opportunities with public companies.

We are shipping new versions of RAMDisk and are working with AMD to further increase sales and enhance performance of RAMDisk. In addition we anticipate entering the server market with AMD branded memory as well.”

Mr. Freeman concluded, “A healthier semiconductor industry, further development of our new initiatives and our continuing NASDAQ listing positions us for new sources of revenue, profit and growth for Dataram in 2013 and beyond.”


Founded in 1967, Dataram is a worldwide leader in the manufacture of high-quality computer memory, storage and software products. Our products and services deliver IT infrastructure optimization, dramatically increase application performance and deliver substantial cost savings. Dataram solutions are deployed in 70 Fortune 100 companies and in mission-critical government and defense applications around the world. For more information about Dataram, visit www.dataram.com.

The information provided in this press release may include forward-looking statements relating to future events, such as the development of new products, pricing and availability of raw materials or the future financial performance of the Company. Actual results may differ from such projections and are subject to certain risks including, without limitation, risks arising from: changes in the price of memory chips, changes in the demand for memory systems, increased competition in the memory systems industry, order cancellations, delays in developing and commercializing new products and other factors described in the

Source: FULL ARTICLE at DailyFinance

AMD Wants to Be Tech's Next Apple-Sized Turnaround

By Alex Planes, The Motley Fool

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You certainly can’t call Advanced Micro Devices a company of small ambitions. Last week, AMD vice president Roy Taylor told hardware blog Bit-Tech that his company might soon follow in the footsteps of Apple and IBM , two companies in the tech industry with the most legendary turnaround stories.

The upside for investors would be massive. For comparison, let’s take a look at how much Apple shares have grown in value since the launch of the first iMac in 1998, which was the first major new product of the second Steve Jobs era:

AAPL Total Return Price data by YCharts.

And here’s IBM‘s boom following its 1993 hiring of Lou Gerstner, who’s frequently credited with spearheading IBM‘s turnaround:

IBM Total Return Price data by YCharts.

Pretty impressive! So, how exactly does Roy Taylor expect AMD to follow in these deep footsteps? Here’s the relevant quote from Bit-Tech:

But, thinks Taylor, with the company’s new generation of APUs (a [central processor] and [graphics processor] combined on one chip), it is well set for the future. A large part of this will be driven by AMD having secured deals with Nintendo and Sony to have its APUs in the Wii U and PS4 (and it’s long rumoured the upcoming new [Microsoft] Xbox will also feature an AMD chip). With these processors in place there is significant incentive for developers to work hard on making their games and apps run well on AMD hardware, which in turn may drive uptake of AMD [chips] in other sectors of the market.

Chips in consoles. For reference, the entire lifetime global sales of the current-gen consoles (counting the original Wii as well as the Wii U for Nintendo) to date is roughly 250 million units. The Xbox 360 has been out since 2005. The Wii and the PS3 have been out since 2006. Nearly 210 million smartphones were sold in 2012. Over 350 million PCs sold that same year. And you want to focus on a segment of technology that’s not only sold less than a tenth as many units per year as these two primary groups combined, but one that’s got increasing competition from mobile devices as well? The Wii U, which is the only true “next-gen” console available, is already showing disappointing sales on the market. The original Wii sold over 7 million units in its first year on the market. Nintendo’s already cut first-year estimates for the Wii U to around 4 million units.

It’s one thing to be ambitious. But if you’re going to shoot for the moon, don’t try to do it with a rocket that’s already failed to lift off the launch pad. Steve Jobs understood that. So did Lou Gerstner. That’s why Apple and IBM today bear almost no resemblance to the companies that originally handed those executives the reins. AMD‘s chip competitors have shifted with the market. Will AMD‘s executives realize that they need to shift as …read more

Source: FULL ARTICLE at DailyFinance

Dow Returns to Record Highs

By John Divine, The Motley Fool

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Not only did the Dow Jones Industrial Average set a new intraday record today, but it ended at all-time highs and two-thirds of its components closed in the black. Paradoxically, expectations for low growth this earnings season may be aiding the market‘s gravity-defying run. Potentially easy-to-beat low expectations combined with some product-driven rallies helped the Dow add about 60 points, or 0.4%, to close at 14,673. 

Technology in particular showed up today, ending as the second-hottest major sector. Leading the charge in blue chips, Microsoft surged 3.6% on excitement about its new Xbox model. Word has it the company will showcase the upcoming console at an event next month, where price points (there could be two versions) and product specs will be revealed. 

Shares of chip maker Advanced Micro Devices  rose in connection with the new console as well. Shares rocketed more than 13% higher yesterday when word broke that AMD will provide the processor for the next Xbox, and investors continued to bid the stock 1.5% higher today. Microsoft is hoping the console catches on as a versatile, all-in-one entertainment device. If it can pull that off, both AMD and Microsoft stand to benefit from its ubiquity.

Intel shares continued a rally that began late Monday after details broke on its new Thunderbolt port for Macs. Enabling major advances in graphical content and transfer speeds, the Thunderbolt reportedly supports  data transfers of up to 20 gigabits per second. Though major production isn’t expected until 2014, a product demonstration yesterday got Wall Street antsy. Shares rose 3.1% today.

Of course, the Dow still had a handful of laggards, and Procter & Gamble ended as the index’s worst performer, down 0.7%. P&G’s slip wasn’t predicated by much substance. The stock mostly suffered with the rest of the consumer goods sector, which, next to utilities, suffered the poorest showing Tuesday. 


When it comes to dominating markets, it doesn’t get much better than Intel’s position in the PC microprocessor arena. However, that market is maturing, and Intel finds itself in a precarious situation longer term if it doesn’t find new avenues for growth. In this premium research report on Intel, our analyst runs through all of the key topics investors should understand about the chip giant. Click here now to learn more.

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Can Microsoft Save the Video Game Industry?

By Rick Munarriz, The Motley Fool

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Microsoft may be the video game industry’s final hope.

The software giant is reportedly gravitating to May 21 as the date when it will introduce the successor to the iconic Xbox 360.

Given the poor market reception for Nintendo‘s Wii U late last year and the slow-building buzz for Sony‘s upcoming PlayStation 4, it may be up to Microsoft to bring die-hard gamers back to the console when it rolls out what some have been calling the Xbox 720.

Nintendo was supposed to save the day with November’s Wii U rollout. It flopped. Nintendo went on to hose down its target for consoles shipped in its fiscal year that ended last month. You know things are bad when Best Buy is bundling the $60 Nintendo Land game with the entry-level system at no additional cost to the $300 price tag. Amazon.com has several merchants selling new Wii U basic systems for less than November’s price.

The Wii U has been on the market for less than five months, and it’s already vulnerable?

Microsoft will have a better shot. Its Xbox 360 has been the consistent monthly sales leader for more than two years.

Advanced Micro Devices saw its stock soar 13% on unconfirmed reports that the new Xbox will run on an AMD chip.

Microsoft may be a laggard in mobile operating systems, and it’s struggling on desktop, but it’s the king of the video game hill.

What can investors expect outside of AMD architecture? Well, gamers will want to know if the chatter about the new system requiring an Internet connection to play games is true. We live in connected times, but if online access is necessary to play every game, it will be a deal breaker for folks with spotty or no connections.

There will also be the thorny issue of backward compatibility — which could be a problem with Sony’s new system — and the earlier rumor that the new Xbox wouldn’t play secondhand games. Tethering purchases to the original buyer would be devastating to GameStop‘s high-margin but declining resale business. If the reason used games won’t play on the new system is because distribution will be exclusivity digital — hence the online requirement — GameStop will have even bigger problems.

For now, there’s little that we can do but wait. With Sony and now possibly Microsoft hitting the market with a new console later this year, it’s going to be a defining holiday season for the industry.

Take the game on the road
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